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Venice Film Review: ‘Cinema Futures’

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s good that Michael Palm joins the ranks of directors making documentaries highlighting the significant problems accompanying the analog-to-digital revolution (or is it a coup?), but it would have been better had he allowed someone else to do the voice-over. Or even the writing of the voice-over. “Cinema Futures” is rich in excellent interviews, stuffed with important information, and bursting with unanswerable questions that need to be asked. Yet the film lacks one major element: the pleasure factor. Barely anywhere in the more than two-hour documentary is there a spontaneous, unanalytical emotional response to the joys of cinema, and without this, Palm’s doc becomes a passionless compendium that raises alarms without stoking the fire.

Without the narration, “Cinema Futures” could easily see significant TV sales, but given that Palm’s monotone intonation and deadpan philosophizing recall Mike Myers’ Dieter character, it’s hard to imagine much play outside continental Europe, »

- Jay Weissberg

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‘Indiana Jones’ Animated Series Intro: Watch the Amazing Fan-Made Cartoon

30 September 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the past five years animator Patrick Schoenmaker has been working on his own “Indiana Jones” animated passion project. The artist has been a fan of the archaeologist ever since he first watched “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

“Yes, some other heroes came and went, but Indy always held a special place,” he wrote on his blog. “After ‘Crystal Skull’ was released, my love for the character was once again fully ignited and with no new movies on the horizon back then, I decided to set up an Indiana Jones project of my own to keep the fire burning a little bit longer.” Adding, “So, that was back in 2011 and ‘a little bit longer’ turned into 5 years of hard work.” Now that amazing work has finally been released for viewers to enjoy. 

Read More: ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Be A “Continuation” Of ‘Crystal Skull,’ Frank Marshall Says Harrison Ford Will »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Indiana Jones’ Animated Series Intro: Watch the Amazing Fan-Made Cartoon

30 September 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Over the past five years animator Patrick Schoenmaker has been working on his own “Indiana Jones” animated passion project. The artist has been a fan of the archaeologist ever since he first watched “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

“Yes, some other heroes came and went, but Indy always held a special place,” he wrote on his blog. “After ‘Crystal Skull’ was released, my love for the character was once again fully ignited and with no new movies on the horizon back then, I decided to set up an Indiana Jones project of my own to keep the fire burning a little bit longer.” Adding, “So, that was back in 2011 and ‘a little bit longer’ turned into 5 years of hard work.” Now that amazing work has finally been released for viewers to enjoy. 

Read More: ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Be A “Continuation” Of ‘Crystal Skull,’ Frank Marshall Says Harrison Ford Will »

- Liz Calvario

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Great Job, Internet!: Supergirl gets a lot more epic with a little help from John Williams

29 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The CW’s recent acquisition Supergirl is a lot of things—fun, charming, occasionally frustrating—but it could rarely be described as “epic.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing—not every capes-and-costumes series needs to swing for the fences every single episode—but given that the show is kicking off its second season finale on October 10, complete with its first on-camera appearance of Kara Zor-El’s superpowered cousin Kal-El, it might be nice to get people’s pulses racing just a little bit.

Luckily, Superman’s pal John Williams is here to kick things up a notch, courtesy of a video editor on YouTube. “JasonVoorhees2011” has taken a recent sneak peek of Tyler Hoechlin’s first appearance as Clark Kent—in which he and Melissa Benoist’s Kara riff on classic Superman origin stories by working together to stop the crash landing of a damaged space plane—and ...

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- William Hughes

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Disney's The Bfg coming Dec. 6 to Blu-ray, Digital

27 September 2016 10:04 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney's The Bfg is coming to Blu-ray and Digital HD December 6.

This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The Bfg,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

As dreamers around the globe gear up for World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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The Bfg Arrives Home for Dreamers Dec. 6

27 September 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and Dahl’s personal favorite, The Bfg, as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The Bfg, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The Bfg, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. »

- ComicMix Staff

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Valley of the Dolls

27 September 2016 1:36 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

High camp or just plain trash? A cultural-cinematic swamp in perfectly rotten taste, this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's supermarket 'dirty book' seeks out tawdry sleaze like no American movie had before. Junk beyond belief, and great entertainment if you're in a sick frame of mind. Valley of the Dolls Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 835 1967 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion, Lee Grant, Naomi Stevens, Robert H. Harris, Jacqueline Susann, Robert Viharo, Joey Bishop, George Jessel, Dionne Warwick, Sherry Alberoni, Margaret Whiting, Richard Angarola, Richard Dreyfuss, Marvin Hamlisch, Judith Lowry. Cinematography William H. Daniels Film Editor Dorothy Spencer Conductor / Music Adaptor John Williams Written by Helen Deutsch, Dorothy Kingsley Jacqueline Susann Produced by Mark Robson, David Weisbart Directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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- Glenn Erickson

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Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

23 September 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Big Friendly Giant will soon journey into homes across the nation when director Steven Spielberg's The Bfg makes its Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere debut on December 6th.

The Bfg is based on Ronald Dahl's classic book of the same name. In it a young girl is taken away by a Big Friendly Giant on a grand adventure that will forever change her life.

Unfortunately the box office wasn't kind to The Bfg despite the book's immense popularity and following. The film was produced for approximately $140 million and barely made it over $55 million in North America despite an extensive advertising campaign. International business drove ticket sales up to just under $171 million worldwide.

Disney has packed The Bfg Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack with a decent selection of bonus features including the following:

Bringing The Bfg to Life

A Boy's Nest

Gobblefunk - The »

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Star Wars 8 Reshoots Already Happening?

20 September 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The release of Star Wars: Episode VIII is still more than a year away, but the movie may already be undergoing its first round of reshoots. We should probably start out by saying that this is nothing to be concerned about, but since Rian Johnson recently wrapped principal photography on the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is definitely something to take note of. While the studio hasn't said anything about reshoots yet, there are some pretty significant clues that lead us to believe some additional filming has already taken place and that there is definitely more happening in the near future.

The folks over at the Star Wars fan site Star Wars News Net were able to put together the pieces of the puzzle that definitely indicate reshoots for Star Wars 8 are happening very soon, if they haven't already. Firstly, stunt performer Chloe Bruce, who worked on »

- MovieWeb

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Star Wars: who is Snoke? Exploring the theories

19 September 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 20, 2016

He’s the shadowy villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but is there more to Snoke? Ryan looks at some of the fan theories...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and copious speculation about Episode VIII and beyond.

Both physically and metaphorically, Supreme Leader Snoke loomed large over Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His gravelly voice - as provided by Andy Serkis - was the first thing we heard in the sequel's teaser trailer ("There has been an awakening. Have you felt it...?"). In the movie itself, Snoke was the shadowy puppet master, the overlord of the First Order who seduced Kylo Ren to the Dark Side. Appearing as a hologram (and performed by Andy Serkis), Snoke towered over everyone else in the movie, a pale-skinned, seemingly ancient spectre who barely moved from his throne.

Among the mysteries opened up by The Force Awakens, »

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Michael Giacchino Takes Over As Composer From Alexandre Desplat

16 September 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Without a doubt, music has played a pivotal role in Star Wars' success. Its memorable themes is, in many ways, responsible for a great deal of the emotional attachment we have for the character. From the booming main theme to the imposing Imperial theme, it certainly may go down in history as one of the most iconic scores of all time.

Up until this point, composer John Williams was the man responsible for all the music in the films. But, given Disney's accelerated schedule for the films, as well as well as the existence of the anthologies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be the first Star Wars film not to be composed by him (though it's important to note that countless composers have been involved in the video games and animated shows). Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat was announced as to be taking over scoring duties, but it sounds »

- Joseph Medina

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Gets Star Trek Composer Michael Giacchino

16 September 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in pre-production, many wondered and worried if J.J. Abrams would replace the iconic John Williams with the director's own longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino as composer on this rebooted sci-fi adventure series. While that didn't happen, Michael Giacchino has found an opportunity to weasel his way into this hugely popular franchise. The man will now compose the soundtrack for this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

While some classic themes will be utilized to keep the movie in line with what has come before it, this first Star Wars spin-off will be 'whistling a new tune' as it were. While John Williams was never intended to return for these new standalone adventures, which will stand outside the Skywalker saga, Rogue One originally had Alexandre Desplat set in place to record the score.That all changed with the extensive reshoots that happened earlier this »

- MovieWeb

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‘Rogue One’: New ‘Star Wars’ Film Swaps Out Composer Three Months Ahead of Release

16 September 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.

Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film

Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Newswire: Thanks to pesky reshoots, Michael Giacchino is taking over as Rogue One composer

16 September 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Earlier this summer, reports emerged of reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars story and handwringing began as to whether the first standalone entry into the franchise was going to be a disaster. Director Gareth Edwards tried to quell any fears that this news equaled a bad movie, and while we still don’t know whether he’s to be believed, we are learning a bit about how restarting production impacted the film. For one, the music‘s going to be different: The Hollywood Reporter revealed that due to timing conflicts thanks to reshoots Alexandre Desplat could no longer assume the duties of composer so those are going to Michael Giacchino.

That swap doesn’t really imply a dip in quality, though. Both are Oscar winners, after all. Desplat got his trophy for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Giacchino for Up. And while Desplat has experience adapting John Williams’ themes—he »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Rogue One Swaps One Oscar Winning Composer For Another

16 September 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Back before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had even begun filming, we'd heard word that Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat would be handling the film's musical score, but now there's been a quick change as Michael Giacchino has been brought in instead.  

If you were looking forward to hearing Alexandre Desplat's take on the Star Wars universe, you'll have to wait a little bit longer.  According to THR, Rogue One's extensive reshoots this past Summer forced the scoring schedule back to a point where Desplat was no longer able to do it.  

So no, there wasn't some big shake-up or misunderstanding, just a scheduling conflict.  So what do you do when your Oscar composer leaves?  If you're Disney, you merely bring in Another Oscar winnger composer!  Micahel Giacchino, who handled the Star Trek reboots with Jj Abrams as well as Pixar's Incredibles and Inside/Out, has been brought »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Votd: Learn the Differences Between ‘Jaws’ and the Book That Inspired It

16 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jaws is one of the most well known movies of all time, right down to the iconic theme music composed by John Williams. However, there are likely plenty among general audiences out there who don’t know that the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg was based on a book by Peter Benchley. The book is […]

The post Votd: Learn the Differences Between ‘Jaws’ and the Book That Inspired It appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Michael Giacchino replaces Alexandre Desplat as composer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

16 September 2016 1:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like the extensive reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has led to scheduling conflicts for composer Alexandre Desplat, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the Oscar-winner is no longer available to score the film.

Stepping in as Desplat’s replacement is another Academy Award-winner in Michael Giacchino, who has worked extensively with Disney in the past on the likes of Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, Zootopia, John Carter, Tomorrowland and the upcoming Doctor Strange.

Giacchino will not have the distinction of becoming the first composer aside from John Williams to score a Star Wars movie. He is also a huge Star Wars fan, and made a cameo as a Stormtrooper in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was directed by his friend J.J. Abrams.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: Michael Giacchino Replaces Alexandre Desplat as Composer

15 September 2016 8:42 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is making a last-minute switch. Michael Giacchino has just been set to score the movie, replacing the previously announced Alexandre Desplat. The reason for the change? Blame those much-talked-about reshoots.  Last year, we heard that Desplat would be scoring Rogue One, making him the first composer besides John Williams to do a Star Wars […]

The post ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: Michael Giacchino Replaces Alexandre Desplat as Composer appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Reshoots Cause More Changes As Michael Giacchino Takes Over As Composer

15 September 2016 6:04 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We've known for a while that John Williams wouldn't be providing the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it's fair to say that the majority of fans were pleased with the announcement that Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Godzilla) would be working on the movie. Well, that's changed as he is no longer available due to reshoots altering the scoring calendar. Instead, Michael Giacchino will be taking over. He's obviously best known for his work on the Star Trek and Pixar movies, while his next movie is Marvel's Doctor Strange. Some might call this an upgrade, but you can't help but wonder if Disney and Tony Gilroy - who is rumoured to have helmed the reshoots and taken over the post-production process - may have forced Gareth Edwards to make the change.   Giacchino actually made a cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »

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Audra McDonald, Mel Brooks, Philip Glass Amongst National Medal of Arts Recipients

15 September 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In his last few months as Commander-in-Chief and, more pertinently here, commander of the National Medal of Arts selecting committee, President Barack Obama has once again demonstrated discerning taste in awarding the annual honors for excellence in the American arts. With the inimitable (and once again Emmy-nominated) Audra McDonald leading the list, you won’t hear any veto threats coming from this side of the aisle. Comedy legend Mel Brooks, actor/voiceover artist Morgan Freeman, and brilliant composer Philip Glass make up the other predominant names from the world of film and television, but mentions for Motown founder Berry Gordon and The Laramie Project playwright Moises Kaufman deserve a tip of the hat in their own rights.

It’s always fun to parse the recipients of the National Medal of Arts against the sitting president that awarded them; you can drive yourself crazy wondering how the Academy votes but this »

- Daniel Crooke

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